Queen stunned Alan Titchmarsh after claiming he had ‘large boulders’: ‘Come long way’


THE QUEEN left Alan Titchmarsh red-faced after she made a cheeky remark about how he had “large boulders”, the much-loved TV gardener once claimed.

Davison and David Domoney for the latest instalment of his ITV favourite Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh. He will chat to the guests about their lives, as well as how they spruce up their gardens throughout the year. Alan, who rose to prominence on the BBC in the Nineties, is one of the UK’s most respected broadcasters and gardeners, and has interviewed an array of characters during his career.

He helped cover the iconic annual event, which pits gardeners from across the globe against each other as they show off their green-fingered credentials, for years while a figure on the BBC.

The Ilkley-born star would often be seen taking members of the Firm around the Royal Hospital Chelsea grounds in London, showing off the best the competition has to offer.

For his endeavours, Alan was awarded an MBE in 2000 – again meeting the Queen, but this time inside one of her palaces.

Queen left Alan Titchmarsh red-faced with cheeky remark

Queen left Alan Titchmarsh red-faced with cheeky remark (Image: GETTY)

Alan Titchmarsh was a regular fixture at the Chelsea Flower Show

Alan Titchmarsh was a regular fixture at the Chelsea Flower Show (Image: GETTY)

Reflecting on his award, Alan left Good Morning Britain hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid giggling when he recalled exactly what Her Majesty said when the pair met that day.

“She, very sweetly, when I got my MBE about 20 yeas ago, she very kindly said to me that I’d given a lot of ladies a lot of pleasure.

“But I think she was talking about Sandringham WI.”

Alan Titchmarsh has regularly met members of the Royal Family

Alan Titchmarsh has regularly met members of the Royal Family (Image: GETTY)

The star added: “The first thing Her Majesty ever said to me, about 30 years ago, was on a garden at Chelsea Flower Show and she said, ‘Your onions are very small’.

“I had another conversation with her, a couple of years ago, when I did another garden.

“She said, ‘Your boulders are very large’, and I thought, what a long way I’ve come.”

Mr Titchmarsh fronted coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show for 30 years until 2014.

Alan Titchmarsh meets the Queen for her 90th birthday

Alan Titchmarsh meets the Queen for her 90th birthday (Image: GETTY)

He rose to prominence in the Nineties after gracing screens on shows such as ‘Gardener’s World’.

However, he secured his place within the public eye with his show ‘Ground Force’.

Such was the show’s significance, Mr Titchmarsh would go on to help renovate former South African President Nelson Mandela’s garden.

And although he still is a regular on TV screens across the nation, Mr Titchmarsh confessed he was considering slowing down.

The Queen and Alan Titchmarsh

The Queen and Alan Titchmarsh (Image: GETTY)

He told the People in 2019: “I keep thinking I have to ease off a bit.

“My wife says I should cherry-pick more, I say I get offered a lot of cherries.

“I like being stimulated so it’s vital to me.”

Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh airs today on ITV from 10am.


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